Award-winning writer Ralph Grizzle began his journalistic career at the age of 32, following the conclusion of his "sabbatical decade." From 1980 through 1990, he bicycled across America, pedaled through Europe and island-hopped the South Pacific. After backpacking through Bali, bussing through Java, hopping a boat to Singapore and crossing Malaysia to Thailand, he flew into Burma, tramped to Dhaka and endured a 32-hour train ride from calamitous Calcutta to bustling Bombay. From there, he hopped a plane for Greece and traveled to Switzerland before returning home, where he settled, quite naturally, into a career of travel writing. Ralph's work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Hemispheres and numerous consumer magazines. Ralph still cycles and when not at sea, splits his time between Asheville, NC and Helsingborg, Sweden. His cruise experiences and advice appear on his sites, avidcruiser.com, rivercruiseadvisor.com and livevoyagereports.com.